Monday, September 30, 2013

Football 2013 - Week 5

by Bill Holmes

My recap of the only football games that matter.

It was a good week on the high school gridiron. Bishop Kenny beat the Paxon Eagles 42-6 and are now 3-0 for the season, 2-0 in district play. Next up the Crusaders will be at the Ribault Trojans.

LD Bell beat the Grapevine Mustangs 54-13 after falling behind 13-0. It was the first district game of the season. The Blue Raiders improved to 3-1 overall. Next up is a home game against the Irving Tigers.

On the college front I'll get the bad news over with first. In a no surprise result, the Miami Hurricanes demolished the USF Bulls 49-21. It actually wasn't that close, the Bulls scored 14 points in the fourth quarter against the Canes scrubs. One of the TD's was on an interception. Miami had four turnovers too so that limited them a little bit. USF maintained their perfect record at 0-4. Next up the 3-1 Cincinnati Bearcats in Tampa. 

The TCU Horned Frogs beat the SMU Mustangs 48-17 after trailing 10-7 at the half. The Frogs retain the very valuable Iron Skillet Trophy that goes to the winner of the Ft. Worth - Dallas rivalry. TCU improves to 2-2 for the season. They still need to improve on offense. SMU is fairly weak and TCU scored one TD on an interception and another on a kickoff return. It gets tough for the Frogs next week. They have to travel to Norman, OK to play #14 Oklahoma. The Sooners are coming off a 35-21 win at #22 Notre Dame. It will be a Big 12 (which has ten teams) conference game. The Horned Frogs were able the sneak into Norman a few years ago and upset the Sooners but there will be no surprises this time around.

Now on to Florida at Kentucky. Unlike the basketball rivalry, the football series has been completely dominated by the Gators. This was their 27th straight win over the Wildcats. I think it's safe to say Kentucky is primarily a basketball school, kind of like Duke only with an even longer tradition. The final score was 24-7 but the Gators dominated all facets of the game. Their air attack is still suspect, but they ground out 246 rushing yards. Matt Jones had 176 of those yards on 28 carries. The Gators held the ball 38 minutes and played their usual stellar defense. Florida improved their record to 3-1 and 2-0 in the SEC although to be honest, they have played two of the weakest conference teams. It gets a little harder next week when they play Arkansas in The Swamp. The Razerbacks are coming off loses to Rutgers and Texas A&M but look like a decent team. The Gators need to win that game and get some offensive rhythm because in two weeks they travel to  #6 LSU. 

In the SEC game of the week, the #9 Georgia Bulldogs upset the #6 LSU Tigers 44-41 in an exciting game. It was the first lose for LSU. That's the second win over a top ten team for the Dawgs. They beat the then #6 South Carolina Gamecocks a couple of weeks ago. Their only loss is to now #3 Clemson. They are looking like the team to beat in the SEC East. 

Overall the SEC was 8-4 and 4-0 in non-conference games. As a reward for beating two #6 ranked teams this year, the Georgia Bulldogs are now ranked #6. Seems fair. Alabama is still ranked #1 and there are four SEC teams in the top ten. Seven SEC teams are in the top 25. The Gators moved up two spots to #18.

Now on to the NFL. Once again I had a perfect week. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars got back their number one quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. It didn't make any difference. The Jags scored first and then lost to the Colts 37-3. Gabbert threw three interceptions. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for a whopping 23 yards. The Jags are now 0-4 and travel to St. Louis next week. Apparently the free beer promotion did not improve the play on the field. Although it may make it more palatable to watch the game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again. They are becoming very proficient at that. This week after leading 10-0 after three quarters they lost to Arizona 13-10. The Bucs are also now 0-4. They host the 1-3 Eagles next. 
Fire the Cannons, but not too often

The Atlanta Falcons were on the national stage against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Atlanta was in the game until the fourth quarter and did make a run at the end of the game. Still, they fell short and lost 30-23. They fall to 1-3 for the season in what was supposed to be a good year. The Jets visit next week. The Falcons should be able to win that one.

The week ended up at 4-4. My pro teams are now 1-11 for the season. I think the problem is that none of my NFL teams, all from the South, want to play in a freezing Super Bowl in New Jersey. So far they are being very successful at avoiding that February event. It seems possible that USF, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville could all go winless this season. What will week six bring us?


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